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publisher Ellen Leifeld is the new chairman of Nashville's Convention & Visitor's Bureau. Leifeld was one of five new additions to the 18-member board announced Monday, including Regions Bank president Keith Herron and Titans secondary coach Marcus Robertson. Leifeld is the only new board member, however, who also runs a publication responsible for covering the NCVB's biggest project: The selling of the proposed Music City Center.
Up to this point, it'd be charitable to say the city's only daily paper has been less than hard-hitting when it comes to coverage of the $1 billion boondoggle
. It says a lot that the most scathing, and accurate, critique
to come from 1100 Broadway was written by squawking-head Phil Valentine.
What exactly is done on the board isn't entirely clear; calls to NCVB and Leifeld have yet to be returned. But it's probably safe to say that if spending your days teaching NFL players how to backpedal doesn't preclude you from serving, they're probably not going to be splitting atoms.
More importantly, though, how will this, if at all, effect the Tennessean's
coverage of the convention center?